Prep Baseball & Softball

Dupo captures softball sectional title in walk-off fashion

The Dupo Tigers knew they would have a tall task when they traveled to Gillespie to take on the host Miners in the 2A Gillespie Sectional Championship game.

Dupo walked away with a 2-1 win.

Seeking revenge for a 2-1 loss to Gillespie in March, Dupo sent Jessica Stansch to the pitcher’s circle against Gillespie’s Addison Bryant.

Dupo (19-5) failed to capitalize early against Bryant early when the Gillespie pitcher gave up back-to-back singles in the bottom of the first when the Tigers struck out twice to end the inning.

Sydney Henrichs would come through for the Miners in the top of the second on an RBI single to left, which scored Rylee Sarti, who led off the inning with a single. This however would be all Gillespie (31-3) would muster, as the Tigers pulled off an inning ending double play on a fly out, which the runner was caught off base.

Windy weather conditions played a factor in the play of the game as both teams would blast hard hit pitches, only to be caught up in the air, and blown back in.

In the top of the seventh, Miner shortstop Beth Fields smashed what would have been a home run on any other day, unfortunately for her the wind caught it right in front of the left field fence, preserving the tie.

In the bottom of the seventh, Dupo’s Alyssa Strubberg was able to reach base on an error by the Miner shortstop, Gillespie’s third error of the game. Stubberg then scored when Rachael Donald singled to right center field, giving the Tigers the sectional title.

Donald went 2-3, recording the only multi-hit game of the contest. Stansch pitched a complete game, allowing just one run off four hits, with one walk and one strikeout.

The win sends Dupo to the Class 2A Athens Super Sectional where they will take on the St. Joseph-Ogden at 11 a.m. Monday in Athens. Dupo’s last appearance in the Super Sectionals came in 2014 when the team lost to 2-1 to Monticello.